Hundreds of Nigerian women die every day of complications arising from unsafe abortions, an international NGO, IPAs, disclosed on Sunday.
The Country Director of IPAs in Nigeria , Lucky Palmer, stated this at a three-day Media Training for Journalists on Women’s Sexual Reproductive Health, Rights and Global Gag Rule’ in Keffi, Nasarawa State.
He disclosed that out of 85 million women who get pregnant annually, 40 million usually end up having abortions adding that in Developing countries, such as Nigeria, account for 98 per cent of the unsafe abortions.
Palmer added that Africa and Latin America accounted for the highest number of unsafe abortions globally.
He expressed sadness that Nigeria was yet to reform restrictive domestic laws and policies that placed women and girls’ health and lives at risk.
The IPAs country director revealed that in 2012 alone, 1.25 million Nigerian women had an abortion, doubling the number estimated in 1996.
He urged the media to work closely with relevant organizations in curbing the menace of unsafe abortion.